Grant means new non-turf pitch can be laid

Pictured are councillors Ken Rigby and Philip Owen with representatives from Kimberley Institute CC, including Chris Mozley (centre) and Jim Dymond.
Pictured are councillors Ken Rigby and Philip Owen with representatives from Kimberley Institute CC, including Chris Mozley (centre) and Jim Dymond.

KIMBERLEY Institute Cricket Club has won a grant from the Cricket Foundation which will enable them to invest in a non-turf pitch to be laid at Nuthall’s Basil Russell Recreation Ground in September.

The grant, worth £5,000, was awarded in recognition of the club’s involvement in the ‘Chance to Shine’ initiative promoted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The total cost of the non-turf pitch project is £7,500 and local councillors Philip Owen and Ken Rigby have stepped up to the plate and provided £500 from their County Council divisional fund.

Club members have helped too, and as a result the daunting prospect of raising funds has quickly been achieved.

Club secretary Jim Dymond said: “This is a long term investment in helping the youth of the area to participate in a wonderful sport.

“We are grateful to Cllr Owen and Cllr Rigby for supporting the venture which will give young cricketers a chance to shine.”

The new non-turf pitch provides an artificial surface which is long-lasting, weather-proof and provides little preparation or maintenance.